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Nationally-Acclaimed Author Keith Boykin Highlights Sexuality Week 2010

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Author Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 4, 2010) -- New York Times best-selling author Keith Boykin will discuss love and sexuality as part of the University at Albany’s 27th annual Sexuality Week at 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 9th in the Campus Center Ballroom. Boykin will deliver the keynote presentation on "Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Building an Inclusive Campus." 

Boykin is the editor of The Daily Voice online news site, a CNBC contributor, and a BET host. He has traveled across four continents, and in 1997 President Clinton appointed him, along with Coretta Scott King and Rev. Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe. A veteran of six political campaigns – including two presidential campaigns, Boykin was educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, attended law school with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton.

Each of Boykin’s three books has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, including his most recent book, Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America. Keith won the Lambda Literary Award for his second book, Respecting The Soul, while his first book, One More River to Cross, is taught in colleges and universities throughout the country.

This year’s Sexuality Week runs through February 11. In its 27th year, UAlbany's Sexuality Week brings together college students, faculty and staff to discuss critical issues and concerns related to sexual health, including HIV/AIDS, relationships, identity, and reproductive health.  The week-long series of programs for Sexuality Week features exhibits, lectures, workshops and guest speakers. Coordinated by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program of the University Counseling Center and funded by the Student Association, Sexuality Week is designed to encourage learning, discussions and critical thinking.

The Sexuality Week program brochure is available at: http://www.albany.edu/counselingcenter/.

Boykin's lecture is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception and book-signing will follow the presentation.

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